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    Anyone build their own loaders ?

    I'm seeing used loaders on CL for three thousand dollars for sub compact tractors. John Deere models with the " Made in Mexico " labels sell on the name more than the quality. While looking at the small thin tube structure I can't help but imagine how engineered it is to be light yet resilient to with stand abuse in rock , stump, or similar solid encounters. Needless to say I stretched my lawn & garden budget to buy the new 4110 in 04. The dealer promised to find a used 60 MMM at a reasonable value which never happened. The purchase of a demo take off at slightly less retail I knew if I wanted a loader and leaf vacuum I would be in the fabricating business. Wisconsin has some long cold winters. Collecting parts , pieces, steel left overs I started by fashioning a mounting for the frame. Fortunately there is a heavy frame rail with mounting holes in place. Keeping in mind the mount fixture placement and height I designed the loader arms to be close to the front wheels for lifting capacity and segmented to gain total height . I purchased four rams close to the desired proportion for each function. A half sheet of 1/8" steel was cut and formed for the bucket. A farm supply store provided hoses at low cost while I flared and bent tubing for the remainder area. The project total cost was in the nine hundred dollar range. The project was fun, challenging, entertaining, and cost effective. Forks were also added.Click image for larger version. 

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    Hats off to ya buddy! That is one sweet looking fab job. Not that the JD loaders are junk but I'll bet yours would hold it's own against them. One area that the JD loaders ARE lacking is poor quality hydraulic cylinders. More than one person has had the little threaded nipples break off where the hose attaches.

    Have you had a chance to measure the leak down rate? I have a feeling it's less than what the JD loaders exhibit.
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    That is an unbelievable fabrication job for sure! Did you take measurements from a JD loader?
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    That’s awesome. Good Job
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    Impressive. Wish I could weld and fabricate like that.


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    Awesome!!
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    Very nice! I too wish I had your talent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glc View Post
    That is an unbelievable fabrication job for sure! Did you take measurements from a JD loader?
    Really pretty basic. After making the side mounts just some cardboard to determine the shape. Simple after one has a starting point and several sheets of cardboard ! The Ellis bandsaw that cuts angles was a life saver. The cab had many angles also. With straight clean cuts welding requires little grinding / finishing. Surprising the 4110 has a good hydraulic flow pump. The loader reacts quickly.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by agent blue View Post
    Really pretty basic. After making the side mounts just some cardboard to determine the shape. Simple after one has a starting point and several sheets of cardboard ! The Ellis bandsaw that cuts angles was a life saver. The cab had many angles also. With straight clean cuts welding requires little grinding / finishing. Surprising the 4110 has a good hydraulic flow pump. The loader reacts quickly.Click image for larger version. 

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    That is some serious lift height!


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    Here is what my "Made in Mexico" loader was able to pull out of the ground. I wouldn't dismiss them because at the end of the day JD does put their name on them and JD is a global corporation just like other equipment manufacturers. I had a poor leak down rate on my 2210, which was made in Japan, but my 3025 seems to be pretty solid which had the loader built in Mexico but the tractor was assembled in Georgia. I think JD either designs the leak down in for safety or they don't want to spend the money for higher quality cylinders.

    Your loader looks really nice and it's hard to beat your cost in materials. Congrats on your project.

    Are you going to power coat the loader or just paint it?
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